Bath Company designing a special garden for the Queen’s Jubilee at the Tower of London

A Bath-based landscape and architectural firm has been chosen to design a special garden to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Garden will be created at the Tower of London this summer as part of the Superbloom exhibition of historic royal palaces to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign. The concept for the garden is being developed by Andrew Grant and James Clarke of Grant Associates, which is based on Milk Street in Bath.

According to the duo, the design will be inspired by the colours, shapes and patterns employed by famous British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell for the Queen’s coronation dress in 1953. A grassy area known as the Tower’s Bowling Green will be transformed into a garden with meadow flowers, topiary and summer-flowering perennials, bulbs and ornamental grasses.

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The layout of the space – with its concentric scalloped cover – is meant to represent the levels of embroidery that feature on the dress’s silk skirt, according to Grant Associates. Nigel Dunnett, Superbloom’s senior horticulturist, selected shrubs such as lavender, santolina and brachyglottis greyi to frame a mix of summer blooms, alluding to golden bugle beads, pearls and rhinestones on the dress.

Andrew Grant, Founder and Director of Grant Associates, said: “The design of the dress suggested a basic geometry and color palette for the garden while the embroidered flowers, representing multiple nations, offered a sense of wealth and the diversity of Superbloom.”

Andrew Grant, Founder and Director of Grant Associates

From the garden will rise 12 cast glass shapes representing the national emblems featured in Hartnell’s embroidered design, including the Scottish thistle, Australian wattle and Canadian maple leaf. At the center of these designs will be a crown of glass, recalling the ancient role of the Tower of London as home to the Crown Jewels. The handcrafted works will be specially created for the Jardin de la Reine by the glass artist Max Jacquard.

Mr Grant added: “In depicting these flowers through glass art, we wanted to express the exquisite craftsmanship of the original dress and bring some of that sparkle into the garden experience. This is a relatively small garden on the overwhelming scale of Superbloom, but we hope it will provide an intimate perspective to the event.

The Queen’s Garden will be in bloom for the Jubilee holiday weekend (from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5) and will remain so until the end of September.